My Beliefs on Education!

I’ve been reading my way through “Teaching with Intention” by Debbie Miller and I am IN LOVE with the idea of determining what your beliefs are on education and making sure that your actions and classroom practices actually align with what you do on a daily basis.  Because of this, I couldn’t help but put my beliefs out there for the world to see.  Just for fun, I want to challenge each and every follower and blogger to do the same! If you blog, I would love for you to complete a post telling about your beliefs on education and…

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Guided Math {Chapter Nine}

I want to begin my final *insert frown*Guided Math Book Study post with an extremely grateful, “THANK YOU!” When I began this book study, I never imagined the opportunities and connections that I would make along the way.  Throughout this book study, I have been privileged to chat with many teachers about different chapters, questions, or brainstorming solutions to classroom problems related to Guided Math.  It has been such an amazing experience.  I am also secretly hoping that you are reading this post and feeling a little bummed that the book is complete.  Yet I also hope that you are…

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Guided Math {Chapter Eight}

I know I’m a newbie teacher but I feel that assessment has taken on a different meaning and purpose in the last decade of instruction.  When I was in elementary school, which was longer than just a decade ago, you worked on a given topic for a week or two and then took a chapter test.  Nowadays, assessment is an ongoing process in which we as teachers are always provided with information to guide our instruction.  I don’t know about you but I think that’s a change for the better. Before you can begin to assess students on their learning…

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Guided Math {Chapter Seven}

I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the Guided Math Book Study and am kinda bummed to think about it’s conclusion here in the next few weeks.  This week, we dive into the world of conferring during Math Workshop, which is a fundamental piece of the process.  Sammons says that “in many ways, conferring is the heart and soul of teaching.  As we confer with students, we sit alongside them at their levels and listen intently to their words, trying to follow their reasoning and probing to determine the extent of their understanding.”  I couldn’t agree more…

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Guided Math {Chapter Six}

In the last two weeks, the Guided Math Book Study has taken us through whole group and small group instruction.  For chapter six, we move on to thinking about what students do during Math Workshop.  Math Workshop can be called many different things however these components can be applied to any period of time where you are working with small groups and students are working on other tasks in small groups or independently.   Review Previously Mastered Concepts: We all know that math is a process in which students need repeated practice over previously mastered skills.  They need this practice…

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